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Reich and Evangelicals

I don’t read The American Prospect regularly, so I didn’t see this Robert Reich piece until I read today’s “Best of the Web.” In it, Reich complains about evangelicals’ alleged desire to impose a “theocracy” on America. With one possible exception, he treats evangelicals as monolithic. They’re all the enemy, and there’s not an evangelical leftist around. What’s weirder is that Reich makes no mention of Catholic conservatives. If Reich is going to natter on about the allegedly theocratic nature of bans on abortion, stem-cell research, and gay marriage, you’d think he would want to condemn the Catholic church in addition to evangelicals. He even manages to treat Bill Pryor’s confirmation to the federal bench as a distinctively evangelical cause. The facts that Pryor is a Catholic, and that his supporters have claimed that he is being penalized for his religion, are entirely ignored. You finish the piece wondering what Reich has against evangelicals.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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